A VIEW TO A KILL (1985 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

A View to A Kill—Roger Moore’s last James Bond Film before turning it over to Timothy Dalton’s 1987 The Living Daylights—has good action, all the perks of a great OO7 film and starts out well with over the top snow skiing scenes. The all-important villain’s role however, as played by Christopher Walken, fails. Because of that failure, the film fails to deliver that cutting edge feel an audience comes to expect from a 007 feature and lies on the edge of mediocre. The script dialogue contains too much ‘small talk’ that seems as if the writers were trying too hard for realism and normalcy. That effort back fired and created an artificial dialogue which moved the film even further down toward the common, average effort.

Storyline

Agent 007 (Roger Moore) foils a plan to establish a monopoly over the microchip industry.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director John Glen for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: James Bond (Roger Moore), Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts), May Day (Grace Jones), Sir Godfrey Tibbett (Patrick Macnee), Scarpine (Patrick Bauchau), Chuck Lee (David Yip), Pola Ivanova (Fiona Fullerton), Bob Conley (Manning Redwood), Jenny Flex (Alison Doody), Dr. Carl Mortner (Willoughby Gray), Q (Desmond Llewelyn), M (Robert Brown), Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell), General Gogol (Walter Gotell), Minister of Defence (Geoffrey Keen), Achille Aubergine (Jean Rougerie), Howe (Daniel Benzali), and Klotkoff (Bogdan Kominowski).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If there is an interest to see Roger Moore’s last James Bond film or to see Christopher Walken in one of his earlier acting efforts, then this movie is it. But, for full 007 James Bond entertainment value, try GoldenEye or Die Another Day instead.

Ben Meyers

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